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A-B to be Bought?

Oct 12, 2006 - Rumors have been circulating through Wall Street and the beer industry this week that Anheuser-Busch Cos. is a target for a leveraged buyout, with the Eddie Lampert's hedge fund ESL Investments considering a bid for the company.

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One mainstream newspaper, the Times of London reported Lampert is weighing a $56-per-share bid for the St. Louis-based brewer.

"We assign a very low probability on the likelihood this transaction takes place," said Citigroup analyst Bonnie Herzog in a note to clients.


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